Published in Proceedings of the 35th ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference: Indianapolis, IN, October 19, 2005, pages T2D-13-T2D-14. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/FIE.2005.1611895.
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NOTE: At the time of publication, the author Trevor Harding was not yet affiliated with Cal Poly.
Research indicates significant cheating at institutions of higher learning; however, evidence indicates that a well-designed and clearly-communicated campus honor code might have a mitigating effect. This is the impetus behind the implementation of an Academic Honor Code Policy at a private university beginning in the fall of 2004. This situation presented a unique opportunity to investigate the potential of an academic honor code to change the culture and behavior at a university. This investigation will involve conducting a longitudinal study on the academic habits of students as they progress through the curriculum and include students whose academic careers began under a different academic dishonesty policy. The presentation will describe the development and implementation of the honor code policy; details of the investigation including research questions being posed, survey development, and study protocols; and results from the first year of the study.
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